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Wooden Library Drawers – SOLD

25 Sep

Wooden library drawers

Wooden library drawers

I have to say, I’m rather proud of how these vintage library drawers came out! When I bought them they were in a rather sorry state with great big gouges in the wood, but now the meranti (at least that’s what I think it is!) is super smooth and a good few shades lighter! There are one or two screws missing from the little metal ‘labels’ that double as handles, and one of the bolts is missing, but otherwise everything’s pretty much intact. We’ve removed the metal rods that used to hold the Dewey Decimal cards as they just get in the way of the drawers, and if you do want to use them as properly functioning drawers you’ll need to put some sides and bottoms in the drawers – some skinny plywood would do the job (I think you could just slot them in, no nails necessary) or those clear plastic boxes that Wooolies sometimes sell might even fit*. But if you’re not DIY inclined, but love these drawers (they are quite beautiful!) you could still use them as-is for bigger items like cotton reels and chunky paint brushes – things that won’t fall through the thin slot on the base of the drawers.

A fantastically handsome bit of biblio history that would look great in a home or office setting – we currently have the drawers sitting in our lounge and they look mighty fine! Almost wish we could keep them……

* If they were mine to keep I’d consider putting some clear Perspex sides in the drawers. It’d be a bit pricier than the plywood, but I think it’s look great.

Dimensions: 120cm tall  x 106m wide x 53cm deep

Price: R2650

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Palette Coffee Table – SOLD

22 Sep

Palette shaped coffee table

Palette shaped coffee table

I was very lucky to find this palette-shaped coffee table completely restored – what a bonus! And the person who did the restoration did a very nice job of it! I like the plain black and white palette (ha ha!) – I’m not sure if that’s the original colour scheme or not, but it works well! The white circles seem to be made of a resin of sorts so I’d guess that those haven’t been changed, but the black table top may have once been a natural wood colour, I’m not sure. But as I say, it looks great, and isn’t a piece of furniture that you come across every day! I wish it was! It’s also a decent size – it’s not massive, but it’s definitely large enough to act as a proper coffee table (as opposed to a side table).

An uber cool piece of ’50s furniture that needs a suitably cool home to do it justice!

Dimensions: 89.5cm long x 59.5cm wide x 34cm tall

Price: R890

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Small Wooden Bench – SOLD

8 Sep

Small vintage wooden bench

Small vintage wooden bench

I just love this little wooden bench! It’s definitely got a bit of age to it, looking at the construction and the amount of wear and tear, but it doesn’t bother me one bit – it’s a terrible line to use, but the wear really does add a bit of character! And I love the colour that it’s painted – it’s former owner (and another good friend of mine) has impeccable taste, so it’s no surprise that she chose such a great yellowy-green to paint it!

Whether you use it as extra seating on the verandah (although it is quite low to the ground) or as a magazine ‘rack’ or plant stand, I’m confident that you’ll be very happy that you decided to take this bench home with you!

Dimensions: 1.2m long x 27cm wide x 33cm tall

Price: R410

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Vintage Enamel Table – SOLD

4 Sep

Vintage enamel table

Vintage enamel table

As far as vintage enamel tables go, this one’s in pretty decent nick! There are some faint marks and scratches from where somebody used to have their pot plants sitting, and the obligatory chips in the enamel here and there, but that’s about it. I love the black trim that runs around the edge of the table and the angled corners are a nice touch! These tables are becoming like hens teeth to find, so if you’ve been contemplating buying one, now’s the time!

Dimensions: 75cm tall x 92cm long x 61cm wide

Price: R1100

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Small Metal Cupboard – SOLD

29 Aug

Small vintage enamel cupboard

Small vintage enamel cupboard

Some people will look at this and just see an old shabby hospital cupboard, and others – like me – will swoon! Heart palpitations and all!

I know that it’s seen better days, but I think it’s got some serious age to it (I’m thinking early art deco), so it’s bound to have a few battle scars, especially given that it comes from a hospital. I love the fact that it has the towel rails (so handy!), and those fancy little legs are a nice touch on something that’s otherwise quite plain in design. The handles have been replaced, but otherwise everything is completely original – including the old castors which work a treat so you can roll it anywhere. The stainless steel top makes for a good working surface so you could even use it in the kitchen if you don’t have the space in the bathroom – or if you really want to treat yourself, it would make a great storage cupboard for an art room or workshop – what I would give for my own little room where I could stash pieces like this away!

P.S. A cupboard very similar to this one is selling online for close to $700 (that’s R7000!).

Dimensions: 85.5cm tall x 58cm wide (incl. towel rails) x 44cm deep

Price: R1350

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Wooden Church Bench – SOLD

25 Aug

Vintage wooden church bench

Vintage wooden church bench

This old bench makes me laugh! I bet you there were no people falling asleep in the church that this bench came from – that rather upright back support would have made sure of that! But that’s nothing that a cushion or two can’t fix. It’s quite narrow and that stiff backrest is never going to be exactly ‘loungey’, but a cushion that runs the length of the bench would at least soften the look somewhat. Good discipline aside, it’s a very charming piece of furniture! It looks to be a homemade bench that’s been rather naively constructed, but that kind of adds to the charm of it somehow. I also really like the ‘magazine rack’ which was presumably originally designed to hold hymn books and bibles for the people sitting behind you. It obviously wouldn’t be accessible if the bench was positioned against a wall, but in the middle of a room or just away from the wall, it would add an interesting feature.

Use it in a long hallway, on a verandah or in large bedroom as a place to plonk books and whatnots – if you have the right space, this old church pew could add some serious character to your home or office!

Dimensions: 2m long x 86cm tall x 45cm deep

Price: R1250

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